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16th of November

Opening Conference

10:30-13:00 | The Recovery Plan and Resilience of the Blue Economy


Discuss the potential contribution of the EU Recovery and Resilience Plans to the blue economy


The EU blue economy encompasses all industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts, whether they are based directly in the marine environment (e.g., shipping, seafood, energy generation) or on land (e.g., ports, shipyards, coastal infrastructures). According to the most recent blue economy report, the traditional sectors of the blue economy provide 4.5 million direct jobs and generate over 650 billion euro in turnover. In May, the European Commission presented the communication “A new approach for a sustainable Blue Economy in the EU”. A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic. This conference will discuss the European policies and initiatives for a sustainable blue economy transformation with examples of reforms and investments that the Member States are planning in their national resilience and recovery plans approaching the blue economy. 



      • Paloma Rueda – Managing-Director of Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR
      • Augustin Olivier – Vice-president of the Board of Fórum Oceano
      • Alfonso Rueda – Vice-president of the Regional Galician Government

High-Level Panel

      • Andreea Strachinescu – Head of Unit responsible for Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment, European Commission 
      • Karine Méasson – Head of Water Management division, Projects directorate, EIB
      • Ignacio Gandarias Serrano – Director General for Fisheries and Aquaculture Management, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Government of Spain

Keynote speaker

      • Peter Thomson – UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Specific initiatives

Complementary Plan for Marine Sciences in Spain

      • Fran Saborido Rey – Director of IIM-CSIC and Scientific Coordinator of the National Complementary Plan for Marine Science

How to build a strong and resilient new blue economy in Portugal

      • Carlos Esteban – Partner, Faber Blue Pioneers Fund


Moderator: Ruben Eiras – Secretary-general of Fórum Oceano


15:00-17:00 | The Atlantic dimension as a strategic cooperation area for innovation and development of marine technologies


Connecting stakeholders around the strategic cooperation priorities to promote joint initiatives with an Atlantic dimension 



According to the EC, the sea-basin strategies are proving to be effective in bringing together a broad range of stakeholders and in contributing to channel their joint efforts in support of a sustainable blue economy. This often entails the acknowledgement of the need to rely on alliances that go beyond the EU borders not only because of the connectivity of the marine environment but also because many economic value chains are global and exposed to global competition, and EU operators do business all over the world.  

The last editions of the B2Sea have paid special attention to deepen into the coordination strategies arising and further connecting the riparian countries of the Atlantic Ocean, namely initiatives such as the Air Centre, the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance or the INVIPESCA network. 2021 is the starting year for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, aimed to create a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for nations to work together to generate the global ocean science needed to support the sustainable development of our shaded ocean 

The session will focus on how an efficient management of the marine resources –under a broad approach (living resources, energy, etc.)- has an impact throughout other sectors and the blue economy as a whole.  

Aiming to take a step forward and harness the momentum, a twofold approach is proposed: science diplomacy and international cooperation towards the SDGs, to foster connection across the Atlantic Ocean, where a number of programmes and initiatives are flourishing and a large amount of resources are expected to be released in the coming years.




Keynotes for the session

Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”

      • Tiago Pitta e Cunha – CEO of the Oceano Azul Foundation

How can Mission Area for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters can contribute for the cooperation in the Atlantic

      • Edoardo Casarotto – European Commission. Policy officer at DG Research and Innovation, Unit B.4 Healthy Seas and Oceans.

Challenges of collaboration in marine research in Ibero-America: the role of the Invipesca Network

      • Rosario Domínguez Petit – Spanish Institute of Oceanography. President of the INVIPESCA Network

Atlantic cooperation Under a fisheries & aquaculture perspective: Brazil

      • Paulo de Tarso Cunha Chaves – Universidade Federal do Paraná

The National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development: Argentina

      • Analía Giussi – Director of Fisheries of National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development | INIDEP


Moderator: Mercedes Martínez, CETMAR – International Cooperation Dpt., INVIPESCA Network secretariat


14:00-18:00 | ATLANTIDA – Platform for the monitoring of the North Atlantic Ocean and tools for the sustainable exploitation of the marine resources

Organized by U.Porto, U.Minho, UTAD, CIIMAR.

Workshop sponsored by the ATLANTIDA project funded by Norte 2020.

On-spot, limited capacity. Room B.


Moderação: Vítor Vasconcelos, FCUP/CIIMAR, coordenador do projeto ATLANTIDA


14h00: ATLANTIDA – Platform for the monitoring of the North Atlantic Ocean and tools for the sustainable exploitation of marine resources: Apresentação Geral do Projeto

Orador: Vítor Vasconcelos, FCUP/CIIMAR


14h20: Research Line 1 – Ocean and Coastal monitoring and modelling

Orador: Ana Bio, CIIMAR


14h40: Research Line 2 – Ecosystems and Biodiversity in the Northwest Portuguese coast

Orador: Mafalda Correia, FCUP/CIIMAR


15h00: Research Line 3 – Responsibly raising healthy seafood to unlock aquaculture potential

Orador: Sónia Gomes, ICBAS/CIIMAR


15:20: Coffee-break


16h00: Research Line 4 – Marine biobanks as tools for marine biotechnology

Orador: Ana Paula Mucha, CIIMAR


16h20: Research Line 5 – Biotechnological valorization of marine biomass

Orador: Tiago H. Silva, 3B’s/UMinho


16h40: Discussão e resposta a questões da audiência


Nota: horas locais (Vigo)


15:00 – 16:00 | Helm PwC Blue Economy Barometer

Organised by PWC in partnership with Fórum Oceano.

Online, access link available at the registration platform.


· Our Heritage: why the Blue Economy, PwC Portugal flagship projects and main challenges

· Our Vision: A unique vision for the future of the Oceans, a digital platform based on a new paradigm (blue economy trends, performance indicators, geographic and sector comparability)

· Our Proposed Solution (Pilot showcase): +400 indicators, 18 sub-sectors and +60 sources in different formats to be integrated and comparable


Speakers: PwC Blue Economy Center of Excellence Team


16:00 – 18:00 | Aplicaciones de las macroalgas: Un mar de alternativas


Organised by ANFACO, UVIGO and CETMAR.

Online, access link available at the registration platform.


Agenda. This workshop will be held in Spanish and Portuguese

16:00 Bienvenida y presentación del marco del Workshop – Mohamed Soula, ANFACO


Sostenibilidad en la explotación de macroalgas en Galicia y norte de Portugal:

16:05  Evaluación espacial del stock de macroalgas en Galicia – Marina Gomez, UVIGO

16:15  Cultivo de Codium requerimientos nutricionales y ambientales – Isabel Gomes, FCUP


Aplicaciones y uso de las macroalgas  

16:25  Desarrollo de platos preparados a base de macroalgas Codium sp. – Carlos José Rodríguez Vázquez, ANFACO

16:35  Evaluación de la posible aplicación en el área biomédica de polisacáridos de Codium y OsmundeaSonia Miguel, IPG

16:45  Compuestos bioactivos en las macroalgas: (UCP) para confirmar

16:55 Potencial de Codium sp. e Osmundea sp. como suplementos em dietas para robalo (Dicentrarchus labrax) – Paula Enes, FCUP


Casos de éxitos empresarial 

17:05 Porto-Muiños: Alimentación humana e innovación con macroalgas

17:15 Empresa para confirmar

17:25  Preguntas y debate

17th of November

09:45 | Welcoming words

Ricardo Serrão Santos – Minister of Maritime Affairs, Government of Portugal (video message)



10:00-11:30 | Entrepreneurship and financing of the blue innovation


Discuss the available financing instruments to help leverage blue entrepreneurship



Several financial instruments are available to support the transition towards more sustainable value chains based on the oceans, seas and coastal activities, encouraging entrepreneurship in blue innovation and blue bioeconomy. As regards private investments, agreed ocean-specific sustainability principles and standards such as the EU-sponsored Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative should be used in relevant investment decisions. This panel will present the financial and business opportunities that can help entrepreneurs, and also investors, make better use of the instruments available.



Keynote speakers

        • Dennis Fritsch – Project Coordinator, Sustainable Blue Economy Finance, The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
        • Daniela Cedola – Director for the Blue Invest platform, PWC
        • Stephan Morais – Managing General Partner, Indico Capital Partners
        • Carlos Eduardo Martins – Senior Portfolio Manager, ESM – European Stability Mechanism
        • Javier Fraga – Business Unit Director, ABANCA-Mar


Case study presentations with the participation of:

The Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network

        • Ana Pinela – Senior Project Officer, Beta-i

The GreenOffshoreTech project to support innovations in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

        • Hans Bjørn Paulsrud – Principal Project Manager, MNU

DigiCirc H2020 project- A blue economy accelerator programme

        • Noelia OrtegaDirector of the Marine Technology Centre

Entrepreneurship initiatives of University of Santiago de Compostela: Oportunities for the blue economy sectors

        • José Luis Villaverde – Director of the Valorisation, Transfer and Entrepreneurship Unit, University of Santiago de Compostela


Moderator: Ruben Eiras, Secretary-General Fórum Oceano


12:00-13:30 | Professional skills and training for future jobs in the marine economy


Present the MATES Skills Strategy for the maritime technology sector in Europe and invite attendees to provide their feedback


This session will present how skill requirements in the blue economy will likely change in the future as a result of emerging trends such as digitalisation, the rising demand for more sustainable practices and the adoption of new technologies. The qualification of the workforce to promote a sustainable maritime technology sector will demand to encompass efforts from all the organisations involved in the maritime technologies value chain: Industry, public and private employers, social partners, education and training providers and employment agencies. Framing the session, results of the MATES project will be presented, showing the steps followed to develop a skilling strategy involving the quadruple helix in the maritime technologies of Europe.  The session will also display the outcomes of a selection of pilot experiences conducted by the MATES project, and addressed to test the lines of action in different contexts.  To conclude, the final skills strategy and its recommendations will be described. It will launch a debate on the needs for reskilling and upskilling activities to move in a timely way towards a more efficient and sustainable future. Attendees will be invited to provide their feedback, as well during the session as during the following weeks. 


Welcome words

      • Rui Azevedo – Fórum Oceano

MATES project overview: building a skills strategy for the maritime technologies

      • Lucía Fraga Lago – MATES project coordinator, CETMAR

Freeboard: A boat model developed with VET students as a learning space to reproduce a real work environment in the training centre. Galicia (ES)

      • Raquel Rodríguez – CIPF Ferrolterra (TBC)

Offshore renewable energy courses: crash courses to provide information on the marine energy sector. Galicia (ES) Scotland (UK)

      • Jennifer Fox – Aquatera

MOOCs on Industry 4.0 and the naval sector: A set of massive Open courses to address the mismatch of skills acquired through education and the needs of companies. “Shipbuilding and Industry 4.0” and “Integrated Logistic Support and Industry 4.0”. Galicia (ES)

      • Laura Alonso – CT Ingenieros

Training seminar “Additive Manufacturing and Risk Management in the Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Sectors”: A test of the transfer of results from the MATES skills strategy to Greece, involving key training providers. (GR).

      • Giorgios Tsafonias – CERTH-HIT

MATES Skills Strategy for Maritime Industry and proposed recommendations

      • Lucía Fraga Lago – MATES project coordinator, CETMAR

Debate with the audience. Invitation to provide feedback to the strategy.


Moderator: Rui Azevedo – Fórum Oceano


15:30-17:00 | Digitalisation as a lever for the development of the marine economy


Explore the opportunities expected to arise from the European Digital Innovation Hubs for the marine economy



In May 2021 the European Commission launched the Communication (…) on a new approach for the sustainable blue economy in the EU, Transforming the EU’s Blue Economy for a Sustainable Future. This means the integration of the European Green Deal and the Recovery Plan and definitely shifting the focus from blue growth to a sustainable blue economy. In this context, the green and digital transition, become the core of the political strategies for the coming decade.  

Additionally, in 2021 the EC has launched the European Digital Innovation Hubs in Digital Europe Programme (EDIHs), an initiative aimed to provide one-stop shops that help companies dynamically respond to the digital challenges and become more competitive. EDIHs are meant to play a central role in the Digital Europe Programme, aiming to provide access to technical expertise and experimentation, as well as innovation services that are necessary for a successful digital transformation, such as financing advice or training and skills development. These hubs will have both local and European functions and the initial network of EDIHs will be established from a list of hubs designated by Member States, so there are currently developing their own national/regional strategies in this regard.  

According to the EU Blue Economy Report 2021, “digitalisation and technological innovation are transforming the marine sectors in nearly every aspect of their operations, from underwater to air equipment, including the usage of robots for different purposes, such as surveys, scientific research, oil and gas exploration, border surveillance, infrastructure inspection and farming. Global market value of the maritime robotics is forecasted to double by 2025” 

In this context, EDIHs are expected to play a significant role to facilitate the uptake of digital technologies, especially by SMEs. 



The European strategy of Digital Innovation Hubs

      • Anne-Marie Sassen – DG CONNECT, Unit A4 Digital Transformation of Industrial Ecosystems


The Galician strategy and opportunities for the marine and maritime sectors

      • Francisco Pichel – Galician Innovation Agency, Xunta de Galicia
      • M. Eugenia Mijares – Head of Strategic Relations and Development of DIHGIGAL
      • Lucía Castro – DATAlife DIH Manager


The Portuguese strategy and opportunities for the marine and maritime sectors

      • Pedro Cilínio – IAPMEI, Head of Investment for Innovation and Competitiveness
      • Ruben Eiras – Secretary-general, Fórum Oceano (Portugal Blue Digital Hub)



Moderator: Salvador Naya – Vicerrector for Science Policy, Research and Transfer, University of A Coruña



10:00-12:00 | The OceanACT Initiative – An offshore Atlantic Test Site to boost Blue Economy technologies

Organised by OceanACT Consortium

Online. Participation in this event requires prior invitation from the organization. If you want to participate, please reach us through this link.



  • Present the OceanACT Initiative to regional and national authorities, partners, stakeholders and potential partners and clients
  • Discuss the timing of the initiative, the suitability of the Consortium to implement the proposed mission, analyze the policy framework surrounding the testing of offshore technologies, and understand how the existing industrial ecosystem can benefit from synergies with OceanACT
  • Meet with partners and relevant authorities to define and prioritize the upcoming steps on the operationalization of OceanACT


The OceanACT Initiative, led by five Portuguese institutions – +ATLANTIC, CEIIA, Fórum Oceano, INESC TEC and WavEC, aims at generating a European Centre for the Development, Test, Demonstration and Qualification of technologically innovative services and products from the Blue Economy.

OceanACT intends to build on the offshore testing infrastructures existing in the country, by being a privileged player for its management and operationalization, commercial dynamization, and investment seeker. OceanACT intends to attract and support the implementation of national and international technology developers in Portugal, in close cooperation with the industrial ecosystem existent in the north region of Portugal and Galicia.

This event aims at presenting the Initiative’s mission and expected implementation path, followed by a round table session which will focus the discussion on topics that are relevant to the success of the OceanACT Consortium.


10:00-10:15 Opening Session 

Luís Nobre, President of the Municipality of Viana do Castelo 


10:15-10:30 Introducing the OceanACT Initiative

Laura Aguilera, +ATLANTIC CoLAB

Mário Alberto Vieira, +ATLANTIC CoLAB


11:00-13:00 | Monitorização Portuária Inteligente

Organised by TriedeTI/3Maps, INESC TEC, APDL.

On-spot, limited capacity. Room A.

This conference will be held in Spanish



11:00 Port Digital Twin – Revolução digital portuária

Dr. João Vaz da Silva, 3MAPS


11:15 Projeto 3MapsTrack – Monitorização inteligente de carga HAZMAT

Eng. Lino Oliveira, INESCTEC


11:40 O caminho para o smart port da APDL

Eng. Hugo Bastos, APDL


12:00 Perguntas e respostas


12:15 Encerramento

Eng. Manuel Vaz da Silva, 3Maps



15:00-17:00 | A potencialidade do erro na excelência operacional - aplicação do SSP à realidade Marítimo-Portuária

Organised by Qualiseg in partnership with QSR.

The session will be held in Portuguese. 

Online, access link available at the registration platform.



“Reflexão sobre o estado da arte da Segurança Ocupacional/Segurança comportamental, no setor marítimo-portuário e divulgação da ferramenta SSP.”


Descrição sumária

Pretende-se refletir sobre o estado da arte da gestão da Segurança do trabalho, em geral, e em particular sobre a Segurança Comportamental a bordo e nos portos, bem como sobre os desafios para o futuro do Setor.

Ao mesmo tempo pretende-se divulgar uma ferramenta de um projeto IDI liderado pela Qualiseg (com a colaboração da FCT NOVA e da Factor Social) intitulado SSP – Safety Score Permit. O SSP é uma ferramenta com foco no comportamento, que tem como base um sistema de pontos e permite acompanhar o desempenho quer nível individual quer coletivo dos trabalhadores, e que pode contribuir para identificar as fragilidades dos sistemas SST, monitorizar a eficácia das medidas/estratégias implementadas, em tempo real e, desta forma, atuar significativamente na redução e gravidade dos acidentes e de problemas de saúde relacionados com o trabalho. Este sistema encontra-se na fase de Demonstração e Implementação operacional.


  • Parte 1 (20 min) O erro como fator competitivo: Identificar o potencial (QSR)
  • Parte 2 (30 min) Como detetar o erro: A Metodologia do SSP (Dalila Antunes – Factor Social & Bruno Dias Qualiseg)
  • Parte 3 (20 min) Concretizar o potencial: Casos de sucesso na implementação do SSP Alda Fundo – Qualiseg
  • Parte 4 (40 min) Mesa redonda: Contributos para a melhoria da Segurança no Setor Marítimo-portuário

Moderação: Celeste Jacinto (FCT_UNL) e José Daniel (Qualiseg)

Introdução (Doutor João Delgado – Mútua dos Pescadores)


  • Capitão de Fragata Rui Miguel Machado Martins – da Marinha Portuguesa
  • Engº Guilherme Tavares – do Grupo ETE
  • Comandante Amílcar Oliveira – Espiral de Ventos

Contará com a intervenção de 3 convidados sendo considerado tempo para discussão do tema e questões da assistência.

  • Parte 5 (10 min) SSP: Uma visão de futuro (Manuel Carrasqueira – Qualiseg)


15:30-17:00 | Project SILENCIO


Organised by CETMAR.

Online, access link available at the registration platform.

Agenda This conference will be held in Spanish

15:30 Inauguración de la jornada

Paloma Rueda, directora de CETMAR

15:40 Conferencia “El ruido Marino en la directiva marco de la Estrategia Marina”

Dr. Guillermo Lara, Instituto Español de Oceanografía

15:55 Conferencia “El laboratorio de Aplicaciones Bioacústicas”

Dr. Michel André, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

16:10 Proyecto SILENCIO: Objetivos y Resultados

Dra. Silvia Torres, CETMAR. Directora del Proyecto

A. Presentación del audiovisual PROYECTO SILENCIO (5’)

B. Mejora del conocimiento existente sobre las principales fuentes de ruido marino en
zonas con alta actividad extractiva y herramienta de visualización – Silvia Torres, CETMAR

Principales fuentes de ruido en las Rías Baixas – Soledad Torres, Uvigo
Herramienta de visualización de eventos de ruido marino

C. Desarrollo de soluciones innovadoras y sostenibles que permitan reducir el ruido marino
generado por la actividad extractiva y que además supongan una reducción de la huella
del carbono que genera el sector – Ignacio González Liaño, CETMAR

D. Participación del Sector Pesquero para potenciar el compromiso del sector con la
problemática del ruido marino y el desarrollo sostenible y difundir la idea de un sector
medioambientalmente sostenible, socialmente responsable y económicamente viable de
acuerdo a lo recogido en el PO-FEMP – Dra. Clara Almécija, CETMAR

16:50 Preguntas y aportaciones de los asistentes

17:00 Fin de la jornada


15:30-17:00 | Emporia4KT – Empower Academia for Knowledge Transfer for Value Creation in the Atlantic Area

Organised by Universidade Nova de Lisboa and SPI.

On-spot, limited capacity. Room A.



Present the results of Emporia4KT and how to enhance knowledge transfer in the Blue Economy in the Atlantic Area



The European Union (EU) Blue Economy represents all economic activities related to oceans, seas and coastal regions and covers areas such as fisheries, shipbuilding, tourism and ocean energy. The sector currently provides employment for almost 3.5 million people in Europe, and continues to grow. However, investments in innovation are needed to create new business opportunities and to sustainably manage our ocean and sea resources. Commercialisation of technological innovations is a key driver of long-term economic growth, but Early-Stage Technologies (EST) developed through academic research often do not reach market. To drive sustainable growth of the EU Blue Economy, better links are needed between academia, business and government – sectors which often have different motivations.

EMPORIA4KT works towards the design and implementation of actions between triple helix players to foster innovation and competitiveness within Blue Economy sectors. By focusing on upgrading Academia skills for knowledge transfer (KT) and innovation, this project intends to enable the design of market-directed Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) projects.

EMPORIA4KT (EAPA_842/2018) is funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme through the European Regional Development Fund.


Topic Presenter Time
Welcome and introduction to the EMPORIA4KT Project

António Grilo

(Universidade Nova Lisboa)

15:30 – 15:35
Needs and trends identification of knowledge and technology transfer in EU Blue Economy

Isabel Martin (CENTA)

Ana Fernandes (SPI)

15:35 – 15:50
Joint action plan to enhance the Blue Economy in Atlantic areas Susana Figueiredo (SPI) 15:50 – 16:00


The “Learning Tool of the Academia Innovation Enhancer” for the KT & Innovation in the Blue Economy

Ana Sofia Esteves (Universidade Nova Lisboa)

Sara Reis (Frontier IP)

16:00 – 16:15
Capitalization of private sector Blue Economy stakeholders (potential Business Angel associations in the AA regions) Alexandra Jaunet (STRANE) 16:15 – 16:25
Methodology for determining best Early-Stage Technology (EST) route to commercialization Rozenn Le Vaillant (TQC) 16:25 – 16:35
Public innovation policies and funding mechanisms for knowledge and technology transfer in EU Blue Economy Carmen Girón Domínguez (CTA) 16:35 – 16:45
Q&A and Closing Ana Sofia Esteves (Universidade Nova Lisboa) 16:45 – 17:00


16:00-18:00 | Kick-off meeting Strategic Plan for the Galician Seafood Canning Industry

Organised by CETMAR.

On-spot. Access restricted to parties involved. Room B.

18th of November


10:00-11-30 | Green technologies and circular economy towards climate change mitigation and sustainability

Workshop sponsored by GNP-AECT through the Atlantic Area project Blue Human



Present the advances for a circular, sustainable and decarbonized blue economy in the EU and beyond



Issues such as the development of green technologies, circular economy, the preservation of coastal and marine resources as well as the ocean-climate nexus will be discussed in this conference. Marine renewables energies contribute to achieving the objectives of climate neutrality and zero pollution, the blue bioeconomy, namely algae, help to ensure sustainable food and farming systems, economic circularity and bio-based products with a limited carbon and environmental footprint, the protection and restoration of marine ecosystems such as seagrass meadows and salt marshes will reverse biodiversity loss, increase fish stocks, contribute to climate mitigation and resilience, and generate significant financial and social benefits and, lastly, the transition to a green, circular and carbon neutral EU will help in reducing pollution and in achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and a post-Covid recovery. The views of the panellists will be addressed in this regard. 



Case study presentations with the participation of:

Marine Renewable Energies

        • António Sarmento – President of the Board of WavEC Offshore Renewables


Restoration of biodiversity and marine ecosystem

        • Mare Straetmans– Director Ocean Health, Van Oord


Engineering based on a nature enhanced framework and system thinking

        • Piet Haerens– Founder Haedes B.V.


Nautical Tourism

        • João Bastos– Management Director, Sun Concept


CleanAtlantic: Tackling Marine Litter in the Atlantic Area

        • Marisa Fernández – Head of Department of Management of Marine Environment & Resources, CETMAR


Strategies for the Green Deal at SeafoodAge

        • Eva Balsa – Research Deputy Director at  IIM-CSIC


BlueHuman: sustainable blue biotechnology for health and wellbeing

        • Isabel Cabaleiro– Project Officer, Agrupación Europea de Cooperación Territorial Galicia-Norte de Portugal


Moderator: Catarina Canelas, Senior Journalist at CNN Portugal


12:00-13:30 | Xacobeo 21-22: Navega o Camiño

Important notice: This conference will be held in Portuguese and Spanish. No translation will be available.



To celebrate Xacobeo 21-22, valorising the common heritage around Camino de Santiago (Saint James the Apostle) as it contributes for enhancing cooperation, leveraging Tourism, and promoting the emergence of new touristic products.



Every year, when the 25th of July – Saint James Day – falls on a Sunday it is considered a Holy Year or Jacobean Year, the Xacobeo. Due to the pandemic, the celebrations of Xacobeo 2021 have been extended to 2022. This is an important moment, as it highlights the relevance of social, cultural and religious heritage around the Apostle.

Portugal and Spain share this heritage, which is of great relevance as it contributes to promote the cooperation between the two countries, and to boost tourism. We know that there are thousands and thousands of pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago every year. What if they can sail instead of walking?

In this Conference, which will mark the end of the 2021 Business2Sea edition, we intend to address and to valorise the common heritage, featuring some touristic products that are sailing the Camino de Santiago, bringing together the Sea, the History, and the Tourism, making the most of the Ocean potential.



        • Ana Abrunhosa – Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Government of Portugal (video message)
        • Rita Marques – Secretary of State for Tourism, Government of Portugal
        • António Marques Vidal – President of APECATE
        • Nava Castro – General Director Galician Tourism Agency, Galician Regional Government
        • Susana Lenguas – President of Portos de Galicia, Galician Regional Government
      • Navega o Camiño

      • Caminho Marítimo de Santiago em Portugal: Investigação, Estruturação e Promoção

        • António José Correia – Portuguese Nautical Station Coordinator at Fórum Oceano
        • Fernando Completo – Senior Adviser at Upstream Portugal
      • Sail the way – Navega el Camino

        • Patricia Alcubilla – Crossing Coordinator Sail the Way – Navega el Camino

      • Moderator: António José Correia – Portuguese Nautical Station Coordinator at Fórum Oceano





13:30-14:00 | Business2Sea 2021 Closing

      • António M. Cunha – President of Galicia-Northern Portugal Working Community

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